This week was a good one, my friends. I've written several times about how much I value appreciating moments of contentment, and just quietly taking stock of good things throughout the day. I've done that a lot this week. One of those moments happened when Dan and I were running together one evening--we were running through our neighborhood and across part of the Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun trails, and we were chatting about plans for our home, and a future cabin, and for our rental property business. And I realized it was one of those moments where I felt like a past version of myself, Hanna-from-five-years-ago, would be so happy to see where I was at that moment in time. Happy, and running (!) with my husband, proud of where we are right now and excited for what's to come. And the sun was setting over the lake, and it was just an undeniably great moment. Here are a few of the other things that are keeping me fueled up this week:
I'm pretty pumped about collagen, and it's not just because Melissa Hartwig declared it the next big thing in superfood trends. (Do you guys know Melissa? She's the co-creator of the Whole 30, and her social media posts are pretty funny. . .if you're not already following her, you might want to start.) So, collagen is a type of protein that's found in your skin and hair and nails, and you might have heard of it as an ingredient in fancy face creams. But it can also be taken as a supplement, and it comes in a few forms. Some of them are gelatin-like and can be used to make gummies or jello-type things, but the form that I really like is called Collagen Hydrolysate (pictured above). I blend it into our morning green smoothies and it doesn't add any noticeable taste or texture, but it does add 11g of protein for every 2 tbs, for only 43 calories. I started with 2 tbs per smoothie (which Dan and I split, so that's only 1 each) because I wanted to see if I had any digestive upset. That went just fine, so I upped it to 3 tbs per day, and next week I'll go up to 4 so we're each drinking 2 tbs per day. I'm happy to find a protein supplement that doesn't upset my stomach or digestion, and I've read good things about collagen supporting hair, skin, and joint health.
This just has to be said: if you're not eating nectarines at this point in the summer, you're making a grave mistake. They are so juicy and flavorful and perfectly in-season right now. Buy some this week and add them to your smoothies, or make a salad with nectarines, burrata, tomatoes, and fresh mint (torn into tiny pieces) over field greens, drizzled with balsamic reduction and sprinkled with sea salt. I can't even tell you. There are no words. So good.
III. The Ragnar
Holy crap, the Ragnar is one week from today. I'm really excited for the race, and it honestly belongs on the list of things keeping me fueled up (as opposed to things draining me/making me cower in fear) but I'd be kidding myself if I didn't think it was going to be a stretch. Because when I'm being optimistic, I think, "Of course I can run three times in 30 hours, the longest run isn't even seven miles" but when I'm being realistic, I think "Wow, running on tired legs is a lot harder than running on fresh legs." So, yeah. That's gonna happen. And you're going to hear all about it, trust me. But in the meantime I need to squeeze all I can out of my last week of training and just give it the best I've got. Send me some good thoughts, maybe?